FASHIONABLE INVITE | MindTravel launches SilentHikes, a meditative musical experience

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WHO MindTravel 

WHAT SilentHikes a new concept from MindTravel — a transformative musical meditation in motion created by composer and concert pianist Murray Hidary. 

WHERE Millenium Park | Cloud Gate | 201 East Randolph Street | Chicago 

WHEN Wednesday, August 7th at 7pm

WHY During the SilentHike session, MindTravelers will wear wireless headphones and embark on a hike with music, guidance and thoughtful commentary from pianist Murray Hidary. The hike will culminate in a “silent” piano concert in the gardens. All the components – music, words, silence, visual cues – work synergistically to help participants connect with themselves and the world around them.

RSVP here

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FASHIONABLE INVITE | Destination: ipsy Chicago


WHO ipsy

WHAT The largest beauty subscription service in the world is hosting it’s first Chicago pop-up event

WHERE Pioneer Court | 401 North Michigan Ave | Chicago

WHEN Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th | 11am-6pm

WHY They are bringing some of their favorite brands and treating you to mini-makeovers, product giveaways, photo ops, live education, and more - including an exclusive merch line and Build Your Own Glam Bag station. Participating Brands include Derma E, Eyeko, Ouai, Mamonde, Pixi beauty, Pop Beauty, Purlisse, Youth to the People and Surratt.


2:00 PM - Youth To The People Stage Workshop

3:00 PM - Bailey Sarian Meet & Greet

4:00 PM - Pixi Beauty Stage Workshop


2:00 PM - Surratt Stage Workshop

TIX INFO  Entry is free for everyone, ipsy Members get priority access into Destination: ipsy and the ability to re-enter the event all weekend long. 

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FASHIONABLE INVITE | St. Ives #NatureReset Bus


WHO St. Ives

WHAT The skincare brand is on a mission to get people outside and spending more time with nature. Their #naturereset bus is hitting the road & coming to Chicago.


Friday, August 2nd | 10:30AM — 5PM | 401 S Wabash St across from Grant Park

Saturday, August 3rd | 10:30AM — 5PM | 401 S Wabash St across from Grant Park

Sunday, August 4th | 10:30AM — 5PM | Daley Plaza btwn N Dearborn St & W Washington St

WHY Just 15 minutes with nature can help you de-stress

MORE Join #NatureReset Challenge and get a chance to win an Expedition to Yellowstone National Park in 2020 with Nat Geo + a friend! More Info Here


FASHIONABLE INVITE | Bed Head Hotel Festival Pop-Up

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WHO: Bed Head

WHAT: Bed Head returns to Chicago for the 3rd Annual Bed Head Hotel Festival Pop-Up

WHERE: Freehand Hotel, 19 East Ohio Street, Chicago

WHEN: Friday, August 2nd - Saturday, August 3rd, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

WHY: Join us at the Bed Head Hotel—the ONLY place for a pre-festival party. Jam out to celeb DJs, partake in onsite tattoos and glitter bar, enjoy libations and head to the festival with the best hair in town, all courtesy of Bed Head. 

RSVP here


Are Peels Making a Come Back?

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Getting a healthy glow can’t always be achieved at home, even with a thorough beauty regime. Using over the counter exfoliants to sloughing off your dead skin isn’t always enough. It’s now time to step it up a notch with something stronger like a chemical peel.

Since the 90's this treatment has had a bad rap for making your skin raw and blistered, who can forget Samantha’s beet red face after a chemical peel in Sex and the City? “Those days are over,” says Vitahl’s Aesthetician and Laser Specialist, Michelina Quaranta, “they are now formulated smarter, instead of a single acid at a higher strength they are using lower amounts of multiple acids as well as purer ingredients for a better outcome."

A peel will speed up the exfoliation process encouraging increased cell turnover quicker. They can calm rosacea, even out skin tone including acne scars and sun spots, reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They will improve the texture of the skin as well as help control oil production and prevent dead skin from clogging your pores, which in turn means fewer breakouts.

There are different strengths of peels depending on what you want to achieve and also the time of year. Quaranta believes for this time of year try a self-neutralizing PCA Skin Sensi Peel, it’s excellent for sensitive skin, suitable year around and can be customizable to fit the individual’s needs. Because the peel is applied in layers it’s a buildable treatment allowing you to control the strength.

A relatively quick and painless procedure that only takes about half an hour. Your face is cleansed and toned making sure all the oil is removed thus allowing the peel to penetrate into the skin more effectively, for some this may tingle. Next, using a cotton square, the first layer is applied.

Your face can feel warm or again tingle a bit, which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Your skin will continue to be monitored after each layer. Quaranta uses a small facial fan to help dry and cool down the surface. If the tingling remains relatively low, under a five, on a scale of 1-10 then the next layer is applied, this can be repeated up to four layers. However, if the skin gets very red and irritated or blanches then no more applications will be administered.

Once the layers are completed, a spot treatment of Intensive Pigment Eraser can be applied for any brown spots followed by an Advanced Treatment Booster of retinol, which Quaranta says “will help kick-start the shedding process.” 

Lastly, a calming balm of hydrocortisone and aloe is applied before the ReBalance moisturizer and a mineral based sunscreen. “Stay clear of chemical sunscreens," says Quaranta "instead use natural ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as it won’t irritate the skin.”

On completion, you’re leaving with a glowing (possibly slightly red) face, which you don’t want to wash until the next day and with only lukewarm water. It’s important to remain cool for the next 48 hours, no hot showers, steam rooms, saunas or any excessive perspiration -a perfect excuse not to go to the gym!

You might wonder when the peeling will start. However, despite the name, you won’t actually peel with this treatment. As Sensi peels are gentler on the skin you could experience some light eraser flaking in localized areas, which generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last 2-7 days, but everyone’s experience is slightly different.

Application of the provided ReBalance hydrating moisturizer twice a day is recommended to relieve dryness and control peeling. You can also add a hydrocortisone if the skin starts to feel crepey. It's best to avoid prolonged sun exposure for 7 days and continue to use the mineral sunscreen. After a week you can go back to your usual beauty routine.

TOP TIP: For a cooling and soothing sensation on your face, keep your ReBalance moisturizer in the fridge. Also, you can add PCA Skin’s Intensive Brightening Treatment ($109, to your skincare routine to continue targeting discoloration and promote overall brightening and radiance to the skin. 

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PCA Skin Sensi Peel with Michelina Quaranta, $115, at Vitahl Medical Aesthetics, 1135 W Madison St, 312 634 6100



FASHIONABLE INVITE | Museum of Contemporary Art c/o Virgil Abloh

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WHO Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

WHAT Presents Virgil Abloh | "Figures of Speech,"

WHERE Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago |  220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

WHEN June 10th to September 22nd, 2019 | Tuesday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm |  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday | 10 am - 5 pm.

Admission | $15

WHY It’s the first-ever museum exhibition devoted to Virgil Abloh’s work, focusing on his creative process and collaborations. What’s most impressive is his vast knowledge of architecture, graphic design, music and fashion, all of which influence his design aesthetic.

 Organized by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling: “An exhibition like this in a major contemporary art museum is the next milestone in the evolution of Virgil’s practice. This show examines the choices Virgil has made, the media he works with, and the context of his artistic inspiration. His projects have unfurled with intention, precision, critique, historical awareness, cultural sensitivity, and rigor, and when taken out of the buzzy, frothy context of luxury fashion, celebrity mannequins, and hip hop one-upmanship, a very measured vision emerges.”


FASHIONABLE INVITE | Louis Vuitton c/o Virgil Abloh Pop Up


WHO Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh |  LV’s Men’s Artistic Director

WHAT A limited-edition collection of ready-to-wear and accessories, designed exclusively for Chicago. All commissioned in orange, these unique pieces disrupt the store’s monochromatic palette, bringing a pigment of urban living inside. The capsule will be sold alongside pieces from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2019 collection.

WHERE 1100 West Randolph |  Chicago

WHEN June 8 th — July 7 th, 2019 | Monday to Thursday 11am – 7pm | Friday to Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 12am – 6pm

Space is limited and reserving an appointment is recommended.

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FASHIONABLE INVITE | Uniqlo Celebrates Sustainability


WHO  Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO

WHAT Chicagoans and visitors are invited to celebrate sustainability through a series of inspiring events for the mind, body, and home this summer.

WHERE Hosted at the flagship store, 830 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

WHEN May 30 – June 2

WHY In partnership with likeminded local experts, the series of events will showcase ways to implement the brand’s values into everyday life and provide opportunities to give back to the community.

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FASHION CONFESSIONS | Jason Wu, Fashion Designer


Who would believe it's nearly a decade since we saw Michelle Obama in the stunning one-shoulder Jason Wu dress at the 2009 inaugural ball. It was a career-defining moment that forever changed his life. Wu would go onto dress many other influential women like The Duchess of Sussex, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, and Kerry Washington. Along with designing his eponymous label, Wu also served as Artistic Director of German fashion house Hugo Boss for five years, as well as creating limited edition collections with Target and Eloquii. Last year saw him enter the world of beauty with his first fragrance, and plans to launch his second scent in 2019.

While in town to be honored with the Presidents’ Circle Honors Award from Chicago History Museum’s Costume Council, I had the privilege of interviewing Wu for Splash magazine (which you can read here) but I also threw in some Fashion Junkie questions.


Crazy Rich Asians

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Taiwan, where I’m from

Today for this interview

From my mom, always be a student

Shallow from A Star is Born

Diane Kruger


Maroon 5

Sky diving, it’s both horrifying and exciting

Dirty vodka martini

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When I saw Oprah

Last week

1930s sewing machine that my dad gave me

My phone

Read my full interview with Jason Wu for Splash Magazine.